Defence: Seas and Oceans

(asked on 20th April 2023) - View Source

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Navy is taking to work with Joint Expeditionary Force partners and NATO to protect critical underwater cables and pipelines.


Answered by
James Heappey Portrait
James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
This question was answered on 27th April 2023

The Royal Navy routinely coordinate operations with Joint Expeditionary Force and NATO partners, recognising our shared interests in critical infrastructure and its protection.

The Government regards subsea cables and pipelines as critical to our national and international infrastructure and therefore monitors a variety of risks they face. Moreover, subsea internet cables are specifically considered within the UK's National Risk Assessment. Detailing security arrangements made to protect such cables and pipelines from sabotage would be likely to prejudice the purpose of safeguarding their security, and with it, national security.

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